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Update from School Governors



Governors have made a number of visits, both formal and informal, to school in recent weeks:


The Premises and Safety Committee met at the end of last month, with roof repairs, pipework maintenance and interior decorating of the school being the main items discussed. Governors were also updated on budget issues and fire drills, and a general tour of the school was undertaken.


The Strategy and Learning Committee met recently, resulting in a very productive and informative meeting. Topics covered included the School Improvement Plan, Teacher Appraisal and the School Self Review. Also discussed were the School Learning Policy and also the need for new Reading Books throughout school following a new initiative implemented this term.


The Finance Committee met to hear the Budget Monitoring Report for the Autumn Term , presented by Mr Smallman the school budget officer, who is also a Governor and an invaluable asset to the Governing Body. Mr Smallman and Mr Jones were able to update the committee on the latest Local Authority Budget Consultation. In addition, the School Staffing Structure was reviewed along with several relevant policies, and the Committee were also able to approve expenditure for the new reading books mentioned above.


Finally on the formal side, the Full Governing Body met on the 6th November. The very full agenda included the committees mentioned above reporting back to the FGB, followed by the Head Teacher’s report. Members also reviewed the School Improvement Plan and various circulars for information, including the revised Local Authority Guidelines for Unauthorised Leave of Absence.

Mr Rouse updated members on the Governor Self Review Training, the second part of which is scheduled to take place in the near future. Individual Governors also reported back on their additional visits to school.


Additional visits


I met with Mr Skett (Deputy Head) to discuss end of year (2016-17) data analysis of SATs results, and Year Group attainment and progress. Extra data regarding Gender, SEND and other groups of pupils is being prepared for a follow up meeting.


I then met with the Senior Management Team, again with the focus of discussion on groups of pupils. I found this meeting extremely useful and will next meet with Governors on an informal basis to share this information.

Below are reports from visits undertaken by Mrs Handley (Governor for English), and Mrs Williams and Mrs Underhill (SEND Governors). My sincere thanks to them for their time and efforts.



Chair of Governors


English Review in the Early Years 2.11.17.

I met with Miss S.Stretton, Foundation Stage Coordinator and Assistant Head, and Miss B.Grillo, Key Stage One Coordinator, to discuss and review English in the Early Years. My main aims were to monitor children’s progress, identify challenges and discuss proposed actions. The following is a summary of the main points:


  • In Nursery , baseline data has been completed and this was discussed in detail. A range of actions and strategies were explained, including differentiated planning for groups and individuals, aiming to meet all children’s needs.
  • Similarly in Reception, differentiated phonics groups were discussed, along with interventions for key groups.
  • Looking forward, a number of initiatives were outlined, among them regular visits to Oakham Library, and increased information and workshops for parents.
  • In Key Stage One, main aims for Year One were explored, with basic sentence construction, basic punctuation and writing for a purpose key features. In Year Two these themes are developed, with more emphasis on vocabulary, tenses and spelling, and more in-depth writing for purpose and different genres.
  • Both teachers in the Year Group work together to monitor and assess. Regular formative assessment takes place and is used to inform planning.
  • A number of Reading initiatives are already in place or planned, which encourage developing Reading skills and Reading for pleasure.
  • Handwriting is a focus throughout the whole curriculum.


Mrs J.Handley



SEND Update Governors Training


We attended this training course on the 13th October.


Part One involved studying the updated SEND Code of Practice and looking at any significant national/local changes affecting school. There is a strong focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes throughout the document.


Part Two was examining all schools’ legal obligations under the SEN and Disability Regulations 2014, with regard to Identifying, Assessing, Making Provision for pupils, Reporting Information and Accessibility and Admission arrangements. We were particularly pleased to note that Oakham was already complying with all the above arrangements.


Part Three deals with future actions:

  • Meet with SEN staff before the end of term.
  • Monitor the SEN budget.
  • Data analysis comparing Oakham, Local Authority and National figures.
  • Discussing Looked After Children provision and attainment.


In addition to the above Training, we also attended the Positive Behaviour Management Course which took place in school recently. The course was run by the LA Inclusion Support Behaviour Team for the benefit of Lunchtime Staff and was very interesting and helpful.


Mrs P. Williams

Mrs A. Underhill